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Afef Abrougui

Afef is a Tunisian journalist and consultant focusing on free expression, internet freedom and privacy issues.

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21 December 2014

Tunisians Head to Polls to Elect a New President

Tunisians are heading to polls today to elect a new president. Political veteran Beji Caid Essebsi, aged 88, faces outgoing interim president Moncef Marzouki.

26 October 2014

Tunisians Head to Polls to Elect a New Parliament

Tunisians are heading to polls today to elect a new parliament almost four years after they toppled the regime of dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.

20 October 2014

#Fails of the Tunisian Electoral Campaign in One Hilarious Blog

Who would not laugh at "the miserables, a hope for generations" or at a party seeking to "circumcise the security and judicial institutions and the administration"?

13 October 2014

Join Us for a #GVMeetup in Tunis on November 1

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Will the Right to Be Forgotten Inspire Repressive Regimes to Expand Internet Censorship?

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“These governments will take advantage from this directive. Powerful people will be able to hide disgraceful actions for their own e-reputation," says Tunisian Internet advocate Dhouha Ben Youssef.

1 October 2014

Should Muslims Apologize for ISIS’ Atrocities?

One social media campaign has Muslims speaking out against ISIS under the hashtag #NotInMyName, while another, #MuslimApologies, parodies the expectation that Muslims should apologize for the actions of a few.

20 August 2014

The Egyptian Government Asks the U.S. to “Show Restraint in Ferguson” and Twitter Users Respond With This Brilliant Hashtag

Through the sarcastic hash tag #EgyPoliceTipsToUS, Twitter users are advising US police on how to respond to protestors in Ferguson, Missouri.

28 July 2014

Leaked Cybercrime Law Could Undo Tunisia's Pioneer Status on Internet Rights

Global Voices Advocacy

Government officials renew calls for filtering and monitoring of the Internet under the pretext of "fighting terrorism" -- could this mean the end of Tunisia's Internet rights renaissance?

4 July 2014

In Tunisia, the Question is To Vote or Not to Vote

As elections near in Tunisia, netizens are debating whether it is worth casting their votes in the upcoming legislative and presidential polls.

21 May 2014

‘Trash Selfies’ for a Clean Tunisia

Tunisia social media users are posting "trash selfies" to denounce the piling up of trash in the country's streets.

19 May 2014

Tunisian Activists Call for Revision of Harsh Anti-Marijuana Penalties

Tunisian activists are campaigning for the revision of the country's strict anti-marijuana laws.

8 May 2014

Saudi Blogger Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison, 1000 Lashes

Yesterday, a Saudi court sentenced Raif Badawi to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes for setting up a liberal website.

26 April 2014

‘There Was No Palestine'?

A number of Twitter users are challenging the common Israeli discourse that Palestine never existed through the hashtag: #there_was_no_Palestine.

Tunisia: ‘I Too Set a Police Station on Fire’

Tunisian netizens have taken to social media to denounce the judicial prosecution of 2011 revolution protesters accused of "setting police stations on fire".

14 April 2014

Tunisian Blog Launches Whistleblowing Platform

Tunisian award-winning collective blog Nawaat has launched its own whistle-blowing platform: Nawaat Leaks.

5 March 2014

Tunisia: Pardoned Facebook User Released From Jail

Jailed for posting prophet Muhammad cartoons on Facebook, 30-year-old Tunisian Jabeur Mejri was freed last night.

20 February 2014

Tunisia: Jailed Facebook User Pardoned, Release Unconfirmed

Jabeur Mejri jailed for posting prophet Muhammad cartoons was pardoned, the president's office announced Wednesday [Feb 19, 2014].

27 January 2014

Tunisia's Constituent Assembly Adopts New Constitution

It was a historic day for Tunisia, which voted in favour of a new constitution, three years after the ousting of its dictator, at the beginning of the Arab revolutions.

3 January 2014

PHOTOS: Tunisia in 2013: A Rough Year

2013 was a rough year for Tunisia: two political assassinations, protests, military and security forces targeted by armed groups and a never ending political crisis.

13 November 2013

Tunisian Rap Song Turns into an Anthem for Youth

With more than 3 million views on YouTube, the video rap song Houmani has become an anthem for Tunisian youth. Afef Abrougui tells us why.

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